Issued at 8:00 AM MDT, Thursday, August 2, 2018
Issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Affected Area: large portions of western Colorado, including Moffat, Routt, Jackson, Grand, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Eagle, Summit, Mesa, Delta, Pitkin, Gunnison, Lake, Chaffee, Park, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Dolores, San Juan, Hinsdale, Mineral, Montezuma, La Plata, and Archuleta Counties. Locations and points of interest include, but are not limited to Craig, Steamboat Springs, Walden, Hot Sulphur Springs, Meeker, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Breckenridge, Grand Junction, Delta, Aspen, Gunnison, Leadville, Salida, Fairplay, Montrose, Ouray, Telluride, Dove Creek, Silverton, Lake City, Creede, Cortez, Durango, and Pagosa Springs.
Advisory in Effect: 8:00 AM MDT, Thursday, August 1, 2018 to 9:00 AM MDT, Friday, August 2, 2018.
Public Health Recommendations: If smoke is thick or becomes thick in your neighborhood you may want to remain indoors. This is especially true for those with heart disease, respiratory illnesses, the very young, and the elderly. Consider limiting outdoor activity when moderate to heavy smoke is present. Consider relocating temporarily if smoke is present indoors and is making you ill. If visibility is less than 5 miles in smoke in your neighborhood, smoke has reached levels that are unhealthy.
Outlook: Widespread smoke from several in-state and out-of-state fires is impacting large sections of western Colorado. Periods of moderate to heavy smoke can be expected Thursday and through Friday morning within the advisory area, especially in areas near local wildfires. The highest impacted areas will include locations near the Red Canyon, Whiskey Creek and Cabin Lake Fires in Rio Blanco County, the Cache Creek Fire in Garfield County, the Bull Draw and Buttermilk Fires in Montrose County, and the Plateau Fire in Dolores County.
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